Many of the hottest IT skills in India today are in the domains of the Cloud, Network and Computer Security, and the various Programming Languages — Java Scripting, Angular Java Scripting, as well as Ruby on Rails, and so forth.
Behind all these hot IT skills is another area which is considered the backend of them all — Database Management. If you think about it, it’s the database which drives all of today’s interactive websites and Internet-based e-commerce storefronts. Without the ability to store, manage, and analyze all of the data business owners would likely lose a lot of potential revenues, including new prospects and upselling of established customers.
Corporate databases can contain thousands, if not millions, of different types of information and it takes a special talent to administer, manage, and troubleshoot all of those records in a manner that is useful to the company. This is where the role of the Database Administrator (DBA) comes into play.
A DBA bears the responsibility of making sure that an organization’s database(s) runs smoothly, while diagnosing and repairing any technical issues which come to the forefront. On top of this, they are also responsible for maintaining the security levels of the database(s) they oversee, in order to protect and repair cyberattacks.
There are many types of databases for an organization to create and utilize. These range from Closed Source Databases — this is where the software code used to create the actual database is proprietary, and the DBA is unable to modify or alter it — to Open Sourced Databases, where the software code can be easily accessed and modified by the DBA to meet any specific needs or requirements of the organization. The most popular closed source database in use today is MySQL while the most common open source databases in use in India are Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle Database Platforms.
In terms of actually finding a job as a DBA, if you possess skills in the SQL Server platform, you will be the cream of the crop for any business entity in India. Therefore, the rest of the article will examine how to achieve the desired certification with this technology, as well as the tangible benefits it will bring to your career.
The MCSA SQL Server 2012
The MCSA component of this certification stands for “Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate.” This is a prestigious credential and will show potential employers in the Indian IT market that you far surpass the minimum skills which are required to develop, deploy, administer, and maintain SQL Server 2012 databases. To achieve this certification, you will need to pass three comprehensive and rigorous exams:
This is considered to be the foundation course for all activities which related to SQL Server databases. To prepare for this exam, it is recommended that you take Microsoft course M20461. This course will help prepare you to write Transact-SQL database queries for both SQL Servers 2012 and 2014. You will also learn the following sub-topics:
- SQL Server Management Studio
- The Data Manipulation Language (DML)
- Transact-SQL programming
- Transaction Management in both SQL Server 2012 and 2014.
This course is an introduction in how to manage and administer a SQL Server database, on both the 2012 and 2014 editions. When preparing for this exam it is recommended that you take Microsoft course 20462C. The course specifically covers the following sub-topics:
- Introduction to SQL Server Database Administration
- Installing and Configuring SQL Server
- Working with SQL Server Databases and Storage
- Planning and Implementing a SQL Server Backup Strategy
- Restoring SQL Server Databases
- Tracing SQL Server Activity
- Auditing Data Access and Encrypting Data
- Automating/Monitoring SQL Server by Using Alerts and Notifications
This is the final exam required to achieve certification. While not a requirement, candidates are strongly urged to complete Microsoft course 20463C. Successful completion of the course will enable you to create, deploy, and implement an actual SQL Server based data warehouse. The following sub-topics are covered:
- Introduction to Data Warehousing
- Planning a SQL Server Data Warehouse Infrastructure
- Implementing Control Flow in an SSIS (SQL Server Integration Services) Package
- Debugging and Troubleshooting SSIS Packages
- Implementing a Data Extraction Solution
- Loading Data into a Data Warehouse
- Deploying and Configuring SSIS Packages
- Consuming Data in a Data Warehouse
Demand & Benefits
Although Microsoft has recently completed an extensive revamp of processes and requirements to earn certification in any of their other technology platforms, demand for professionals who possess a few years of database management and the prestigious MCSA SQL Server 2012 certification will continue to be a hot commodity in the Indian IT marketplace for a long time to come. Some of the positions open to credentialed individuals include:
- T-SQL/SQL Server Developer
- Senior SQL Server Developer
- SQL Server Database Specialist
- SQL Server Database Administrator
- SQL Server Writer
- Senior SQL Server Data Warehouse Developer
- SQL Server Business Intelligence Specialist
- SQL Server Database Senior Engineer
The range of salaries is also quite extensive, depending upon the job title. For example, an SQL Server Analyst/Developer can command an annual salary equivalent to $61,000 USD; whereas a SQL Server Database Administrator (DBA) can earn in excess of $100,000 USD, depending upon experience.
As e-commerce continues to grow, especially coupled into mobile applications, it is projected that the Microsoft SQL Server will be the database most widely deployed in India. As a result of this, it will be those individuals which possess the MCSA SQL Server 2012 which will at the top of the list of any Indian based IT employer.